If you have a Samsung brand television and you are looking for how you can connect it to Amazon’s voice assistant to be able to control it with your voice and make your interactions with the TV easier, we will tell you how you can do it easily, whether your television is compatible or if it is not (in this case we recommend buying a device like Fire TV). Find out how to do it step by step.
If you have decided to connect your television to the famous Amazon voice assistant, the first thing you should know is that in Samsung there are televisions that are not compatible with SmartThings and Alexa , the easiest way to do it and that we will explain below. Televisions are supported through the skill , however, this option is only possible on television models from 2018 onwards.
You also have to know that some functions may not be found or be limited at the time of the launch of the 2019 Smart TV model. On the other hand, integrated Alexa is only available on the smart TVs of the 2020 brand.
For the others, you may have to use some other option like Fire TV settings (which you must have or buy). Therefore, before doing anything, the first thing you have to do is see the model of your television and what its year is to verify that it is really compatible and thus see the possibilities you have when connecting it to your television.
Connect Alexa to Smart TV
Before proceeding to connect the voice assistant with your television, you have to take into account certain steps or previous checks . First of all, you need a router with an internet connection via WiFi. On the other hand, you must have your Alexa voice assistant connected to the Wifi network (not data connection) and the television to the same network. The data in all the configuration options will be the same.
You must also have the mobile app installed on your smartphone and have configured your account to the voice assistant to connect to. You will also have to connect your devices to the SmartThings app. For this reason, we will tell you how you should carry out the process from the beginning, at the same time that you install the voice assistant app (unless you already have it on your mobile).
The first thing you have to do is download the app on your device from its application store. You can find it here on Android and here on iOS .
With the app on your smartphone, you just have to open it and touch the Devices tab that you will find at the bottom of the screen. Once this is done, you must click the Plus ( + ) button in the upper right corner and then you will have to click Add device .
If you scroll down you can select TV and choose the brand of your Samsung Smart TV. Later, you must follow the instructions of your app to complete the configuration process, which goes through configuring SmartThings and then returning to Alexa to finish.
To add new devices in Alexa, delete them or organize them in their corresponding groups, you just have to go to the same option, in devices and more, choosing the option you want and following the instructions that you will see. It is all very intuitive.
Another thing you can do is change the name of your TV . This will help you later to make some of your commands easier. Go to Devices and hit all devices. Choose yours and go to the configuration tab. There you can edit the name, at the top, and change it to something simple (it will be what you use in the commands to refer to your TV model.
You can download this feature from Samsung in the following links depending on your operating system, Android and iOS . This application is one of the best options that the company has to synchronize what you need in your home, and it also allows you to use the voice assistant from your television.
Once you have verified that everything is fine and knowing that you have to configure Alexa for your brand of television, you will have to go to the 3-line icon that is the menu and then you will select Skills and games . In the tab your skills you will have to go to the magnifying glass (search icon) and from there you will proceed to the search for the SmartThings app (all together). Click on it when you find it and then press activate to use. With this, the connection between the apps will start. You must log into the service through your Samsung account indicating the access data you have for it. If you have forgotten, you will have to change them, however, it is important that you have them on hand before starting the whole process.
Select the connected devices to SmartThings want to connect with Alexa and gives it allows to confirm. Once the message that it has been confirmed appears, they will have been linked. Now you can close the window and follow the process by linking your TV.
Pair the TV
You have already associated SmartThings with Alexa and it is time for you to configure your TV so that you can control it through the voice assistant and thus give orders to your Samsung TV easily. You will have to go to detect devices and wait for Alexa to detect those that are nearby. Through a message, you will find the devices that are detected from your SmartThings account. You have to go to Configure device to register it. You can associate your TV to some devices or to a certain room or room by clicking on Choose a group. This way you will choose the room you want to assign it to, then you just have to follow the steps to add your device to the group. If you don’t want to do this, just hit ignore.Anyway, if you are interested later you can do it. Finish the configuration by clicking on the Done option . If you have more televisions or devices to link, you will have to follow these steps several times.
With this it would be, so you can start now to control your television with your voice. If you want, you can try the most frequent commands by clicking on the Alexa icon.
Other options: Amazon Fire TV
If your TV is not compatible or you find it difficult to follow these steps, or you simply do not have a Smart TV, what you can do is connect a Fire TV device (or others like Roku that allow you to use the voice assistant).
There are currently several Fire TV models. If you have a perfect one, otherwise choose the one that best suits your needs or budget. With it already installed, you must open the Alexa application on your smartphone (we have previously told you where to download it). You give More at the bottom of the screen, go to Settings and scroll down until you find the TV option .
This is where you must choose the device you have and pair your device. Give him the corresponding start information to complete this process (remember to have it on hand to speed up the process). Once you follow the instructions, you are good to go.
If you have already completed the process successfully, you can start enjoying your TV with your voice commands . It is important that you know that not all services use the same commands, so in case these do not work for you, you can consult the company for updated information.
There are many that will be really useful, so we will tell you the most important ones that you can use to start testing the possibilities that the Amazon voice assistant offers you on your television.
- “Alexa, [turn on / off] [the name of your Samsung TV]”
- “Alexa, watch” Series / movie that you want to see “on Netflix”
- “Alexa, show movies [in the genre you like the most]”
- “Alexa, [play / pause] on [your TV model]”
- “Alexa, turn the volume up / down [up / down] on [name of your Samsung TV]”
- “Alexa, mute [your TV model]”
- “Alexa, change the input to HDMI 1 (or 2) in [TV name]”
For example, if you have changed the name of your television to Paco’s TV, saying “Alexa, turn on Paco’s TV” will turn on the voice. If you want to watch The Squid Game, you can say “Alexa watch The Squid Game on Netflix.” If you have a gloomy day, you can try saying “Alexa, show drama movies.” If for some reason you need to mute the TV because someone is talking to you or you are on the phone, say “Alexa, mute Paco’s TV.”